D e s c r i p t i o n

In collaboration with MIT Sloan, Asia School of Business (ASB) is a premier business school that merges the power of Asian ambition with the best in Western education, resulting in a global knowledge and learning center infused with regional expertise, insights, and perspectives of emerging market economies. The ASB campus is located on a 20-acre piece of prime land in Bukit Perdana, which sits on the cusp of Kuala Lumpur’s business district. This state-of-the-art facility is a dedicated campus that aims to position ASB as a premier institution in business management education.

Site Overview

This development consists of an academic block and a residential block. The academic block comprises 2 6-storey wings, separated by a central atrium space and 2 floors of basement car parks. This block houses the classrooms, faculties, and both public and administrative function areas for the campus. The residential block contains 8 buildings for student and staff accommodation, each comprising 4 to 15-storey buildings.

Site planning for the ASB academic building and housing carefully considers the existing site topography, buildings, and landscape. At the northern portion of the site, the existing grove of mature trees is retained to create a grand ceremonial approach to the ASB Campus. Other entry points include parking and pedestrian access from the east portion of the site along Jalan Dato Onn, across from the proposed ACE training building, KTM Station, and the BNM Headquarters.

Access to Sasana Kijang, Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman, Memorial Negarawan, and Memorial Tun Hussein Onn remain from Jalan Dato Onn. For ease of pedestrian circulation, a primary pathway has been created in a “U”-shaped form around the monuments. A common elevation is being established for the ground floors of the academic building and housing extending to the west. Like traditional Malaysian villages, the buildings and the in between open spaces maintain a rhythm of path-and-place. The housing buildings are organised around quads and courts. Active services for the residents are proposed at the ground floor.

Architectural Expression

The building creates an expressive form for the Asia School of Business. The formal path to the ASB building arcs through the grove of existing trees from the north and leads to a ceremonial drop-off at the entry to the building. The Auditorium frames one side of the building entry under the curvaceous form of the roof overhead, while a curving wing-like roof structure floats above the 5-storey atrium. Daylight enters from reflected indirect surfaces in between two layers of the roof, as well as the glass-walled entries at the ends. The daylight-filled atrium contributes to the aspirational quality of the main gathering space for the school. This atrium is the social “heart” of ASB, fostering greater interaction between faculty, staff, and students. Student-facing services, auditorium, dining, fitness centers, and the library occupy the Ground Level and Level 1. Levels 2 and 3 house the instructional spaces and second level of the library. Levels 4 and 5 are allocated to faculty and CEO’s suites. All of these spaces are embraced by the atrium.

The prominent location of the site allows the School to be visible from the intersection of Jalan Sultan Salahuddin and Jalan Dato Onn, as well as from the BNM Headquarters and KTM Station across the street. It is also sited across the street from A Centre of Excellence (ACE) training facility for which the ASB project provides parking through a lower level connection. Upper levels of the new building will have extensive views of the Kuala Lumpur City Center. Parking is provided in 2 floors under the academic building.

Public Spaces

The Atrium is the place for the entire ASB community to gather and foster interaction among the faculty, students, staff, and visitors. This 5-storey daylight-filled space is activated by the surrounding ASB and MISI program spaces: dining, student-facing administrative services, career center, library, classrooms, maker space, faculty offices, and CEO offices. Social gathering opportunities are provided at multiple scales.

The Auditorium is currently planned for its exterior construction, with the interior fit-out occurring later as funds become available. The auditorium is an important component of the architectural composition of the building entry. Space is anticipated to provide for a future 300-seat auditorium.

ASB and MISI Instructional Spaces

At the core of the ASB and MISI program are the instructional spaces. All ASB and MISI classrooms will be located on Level 2 and 3. Executive Education classrooms and supporting spaces are located on Level 2 and 3 as a suite. Numerous group study rooms, break-out lounges and makerspaces have been designed to be readily accessible from the classrooms.

Providing flexibility and adaptability in the design of instructional spaces is important to allow for future changes in teaching pedagogy without major remodeling of the building structure. Tiered classrooms are based on the same footprint and the tiers are built of steel framing over the structural concrete slab, allowing for the relatively easy remodeling.

Makerspaces and classrooms have a similar capacity, with some consideration for structural column placement within a future classroom conversion. Access flooring is proposed for all instructional spaces on Level 2 and Level 3 to allow for maximum flexibility to power, data, and audio/visual cabling.

Faculty Offices

Faculty offices and ASB and MISI CEO Suites are located on Level 4 and Level 5. Offices are organised to follow the curves on each side of the Atrium. Each office cluster is designed with faculty offices on the perimeter with views either into the Atrium or to the exterior.

Episodically along the curved office wings, social nodes are defined through daylight filled bays that are activated by meeting rooms, lounges, social stairs, kitchenettes, and administrative support staff. As one walks from one end of a faculty office floor to the other, these spaces rotate slightly at these social nodes to reveal a changing path with periodic views to the outside.

These social nodes also create soft boundaries between office “neighborhoods”. To promote further interaction, open “social stairs” connect the two faculty office floors.

Faculty and Student Housing

The ASB faculty and student housing forms the western edge of the campus. The configuration of the housing follows the hillside contours and reinforces the “U”-shaped pathway that organizes the entire project. Individual residential buildings are placed to create a sequence of courtyards and quads. This follows the “path and place” principle of the master plan. Two types of buildings offer a variety of housing options and variation of building form. Low-rise buildings range from 4 to 6 stories in height over parking. Towers range from 14 to 16 stories over parking to provide vertical emphasis in the composition of the buildings. Parking provided under each building is connected to one another. A proposed road runs parallel to the residential buildings and Jalan Sultan Salahuddin providing vehicular access and means of service.

The residences are available in three different unit types. The units are designed to be modular, flexible and easily converted between 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom family units. Type A is two single bedroom/bath units with a shared kitchen. Type C is two single bedroom/bath units with a shared living room and kitchen. Type D is a family unit with three bedroom/ baths with a living room and kitchen. The units will feature bay windows and balconies. The exterior design includes horizontal and vertical grilles to provide some solar shading and screening of mechanical equipment.

P r o f i l e

Asia School of Business

Asia School of Business (ASB)

Educational / Masterplan

Bukit Perdana


20 Acres

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